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When can I chug my water down my throat!!?? Help lol



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23 minutes ago, PauleeB said:

2 weeks post op with my vsg and feeling so thirsty. My mouth is always dry even when sipping down my Water and Gatorade. When can I start chugging down my water!!??? Help!!

Idk if you will ever “chug” a lot at least. I can drink normal swallows and I can “chug” like half a glass now at 11 months out but that’s about it. You can take a little bit bigger sips as it is comfortable and then take a couple or a few swallows as your body allows. Some people never chug again and some can drink the same as they did preop. I’m guessing most fall somewhere in between. Regardless, take it super slow.

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In the beginning I would take a big mouthful of Water and just hold it in my mouth to fix my dry mouth. Then either spit it out or slowly swallow the water in little bits until it was all gone.

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It’s very individual. I still can’t chug. More than two large swallows & my restriction kicks in but I don’t have to wait as long between a drink (a minute or two depending) so that helps. I actually prefer it because I never feel really thirsty now because I’m constantly keeping myself hydrated.

If the dry mouth is bad you can try some of the mouth moisturising sprays like Biotene.

Drinking frequency & volume is a habit. Your body will learn your new drinking routine of sipping little & often versus drinking large volumes a couple of times a day. It just may take a little time.

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You don't need to be "chugging" your Water. Just keep sipping, sipping, sipping all day long. If you've got a dry throat, suck on some sugar-free mints. Suck on some sugar-free popsicles.

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I'm 6 months out and still don't chug, though I can take a couple of good mouthfuls in a short period of time. I really don't want to push it and see what I can do because the price for being overzealous is high.

If I had really dry mouth, I found ice chips more soothing than just drinking Water.

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The dry mouth especially when you wake up is a awful sensation isnt it. So worse than waking full of a cold and having slept with your mouth open to breath because your nose is blocked. Just keep doing your best with the liquids and one day you will find its not a chore to drink anymore. Popsicles were my go to. I can do 3 gulps now at 12 weeks out. Happy drinking

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I have dry mouth from medication so I get that. But for me, Water doesn't help the dry mouth. More acidic liquids, like diet juice, Crystal Light, etc are better. Plus as @Arabesque said, things like Biotene mouth spray or sugar free hard candies (limit those because they can cause diarrhea in some people).

As far as chugging, I am 5 months out and I can drink a few gulps at once, but I can't chug a whole bottle of water anymore.

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